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Enugu Marketers Agree To Sell Petrol at N97



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The Enugu State Government and Marketers of Petroleum Products in the

State have agreed to plug all loopholes that would affect steady

supply and availability of the product to consumers.


Speaking at the end of two separate meeting between representatives of

government, major and independent marketers at the government House,

the state government said the marketers have agreed to sell at the

official government price of (N97.00) naira per liter.

They also agreed to ensure that consumers did not hoard or hawk

petroleum with a view to causing artificial scarcity and that

marketers would be free to load fuel at any depot in the country.

Already, a task force headed by the State Commissioner for

Inter-Ministerial Matters Mr Chuka Utazi has swung into action to

enforce compliance with the new price regime and eliminate hoarding of

petroleum products by marketers.



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Utazi who represented Governor Chime at the meeting cautioned against

excessive purchases since many petrol trucks would be arriving the

state within the week to ensure availability of the product.


Earlier in his address Mr. Utazi told the marketers that the meeting

was scheduled on the instruction of the Governor for a heart to heart

talk with them with a view to finding the cause or causes of the fuel

scarcity and how best to tackle them.


The Commissioner explained that as very responsive administration

while the state government would continue to encourage people to do

their businesses without hindrance or harassment it will not tolerate

exploitation of the consumers.


He requested the marketers to assist government to ensure there was

enough petroleum products in the state adding that if they supply

enough quality to dealers there will be enough to be sold to

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The Commissioner said that it would be unfair for any marketer to

divert fuel meant for Enugu State to another State in the bid to make

more money adding that any marketer caught in that act will be



He stated that although, the law enforcement agents and state security

operations will see to it that sales of fuel were on up to 6pm now

filling station should be allowed to sell stipulated by law.


Mr. Utazi said that government will be making public filling stations

where fuel is available and appealed to consumers to be patient and

bear with government as efforts are being made to supply more products

to the state.


The meeting was attended by both major and independent marketers as

well as the NNPC deport Manager in the state.

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